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Yellow Jacket Roundup: September 25th, 2017

In which the sweep-er becomes the sweep-ee and other news.

I swung by a tennis practice, so we actually have a picture of a non-revenue sport today.

Golf

This weekend, the Jackets were in Arizona, at Georgia State’s Maui Jim Invitational. Out in the desert, the Jackets, with one tournament win already under their belt, put up another strong showing against the thirteen team slate. After finishing fourth after the first day and tied for first place after the second, the Jackets had a chance to walk away with another fall title, but it was just a mirage. Despite another strong showing on Sunday, Tech finished second, just a stroke behind Arizona State and ahead of Kent State, two teams ranked in the preseason. The no. 18 Yellow Jackets were led by Tyler Strafaci and Noah Norton’s top-10 finishes, and improved their showing from by four places, up from sixth last year.

This week: Golf is off until Columbus Day weekend.

Softball

Sunday, September 24th: Georgia Tech played...probably...maybe...?

Georgia Tech hosted Anderson in an exhibition doubleheader yesterday. What happened? I couldn’t say. I was studying for a differential equations exam and neither ramblinwreck.com nor the GT Gameday app posted the scores after the games. I would be remised, however, if I did not mention that it was also head coach Aileen Morales’ debut as the skipper. Morales, one of the most prolific players in Tech history, has nine years of experience here already. After leaving the Jackets for a head coaching position at Young Harris College, followed by a highly successful stint at Radford. Athletic director Todd Stansbury’s first head coaching hire on the Flats, Morales looks to be an ideal candidate for the helm of the softball program.

This week: Softball hosts another Sunday doubleheader, with the Georgia Southern Eagles visiting from Statesboro.

Men’s Tennis

Due to the continuing aftereffects of Hurricane Irma, the men’s tennis tournament in the Bahamas was cancelled. They remained at Tech to practice for the ITA All-American Championships starting October 2nd.

This week: Men’s tennis is off.

Women’s Volleyball

Friday, September 22nd:

Georgia Tech (6 - 6) sweeps Clemson (5 - 8) 25-16, 25-15, 25-10 (3 - 0)

Sunday, September 24th:

Duke (10 - 3) sweeps Georgia Tech (6 - 7) 25-13, 25-18, 25-14 (3 - 0)

They brought their brooms to Clemson but then were mopped up by Duke. The fortunes for the Jackets took a drastic left turn somewhere between Clemson and Durham. After stomping the Tigers in three sets, Tech fell to the Blue Devils by the same margin. Whereas most everything clicked for the Jackets in the first game, against Duke, they came up short. On Sunday, Tech’s best chance to win a set came in the second. Tied at 16-16, the Blue Devils never looked back, only allowing two more points in the set, and 16 more in the match. It is reasonable to assume that with increased focus on the little things, as Coach Michelle Collier stressed after the game, the team’s play will trend upwards with more refinement. They have shown they have the talent to win big games, having knocked off a ranked team already, but need to more consistently execute well on every play. Volleyball will have a chance to avenge the Duke loss on Friday, October 27th, at O’Keefe.

This week: Volleyball returns to the Flats for the ACC home opener Friday against North Carolina State and a Sunday matchup against North Carolina.

For this week’s football coverage:

Georgia Tech stung Pittsburgh 35-17 Saturday at Bobby Dodd.


A ton in store this week on the Flats: Swimming and diving starts up with their annual fall White vs. Gold intrasquad this weekend. Volleyball kicks off their ACC home schedule against the pair of North Carolina public schools. The football Tar Heels also roll in for Tech’s annual whiteout game. Softball hosts Georgia Southern in another fall doubleheader. Meanwhile, cross country heads north to the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.